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#FollowFriday: Shel Holtz

By: Gini Dietrich | March 18, 2011 | 

If you’re in PR and you don’t already know Shel Holtz, shame on you! I remember when I was coming up through the ranks at Fleishman-Hillard, Shel and Ann Wylie were the two people whose names you always heard and were counted lucky if you met either of them.

Well, now I have. And you should too!

Shel grew up in LA, now lives in the Bay Area, and travels about half of the year speaking and conducting workshops on employee communication, internal use of social media, and the digital world, in general.

He started using the web in the early 90s at his corporate job, which makes him a true expert, but he’s one that never holds that over your head.

A very interesting background (he’s worked with Joe Jaffe and he’s served on the national IABC board), Shel was one of the very first podcasters, starting “For Immediate Release” with Neville Hobson in January of 2005.

He blogs at “A shel of my former self” and is the author of six books.

Dead. Serious. Six books.

The father of two, Shel has been married for 36 years and his personality makes that believable. He’s a very kind man who is extremely intelligent and knows how to speak with people at all expertise levels.

A true staple in the communication world, make sure you pay attention to what Shel is doing. Follow him on Twitter, subscribe to and read his blog, subscribe to and listen to his podcast, see him speak if he comes to your city, and buy one or two (or six) of his books.

And, if you have the chance to spend any one-on-one time with him, grab it! YWRI.

About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. Join the Spin Sucks   community!

  • shelholtz

    While I was teaching my workshop on Friday, I was checking Twitter on my phone and noticing a surge of new follows. It wasn’t until i got back to the office and my computer that I learned this post was responsible. Thanks for the incredibly kind words, Gini. I’ve been blushing for hours. It was fantastic to finally sit and talk with you. I’m looking forward to the next opportunity!

  • Great shout out ! Shel is one of the most engaging podcasters out there. One of the first podcasts I look for every week.

  • ginidietrich

    And you know what’s funny? He sounds JUST like his podcast when you meet him in person!

  • ginidietrich

    @shelholtz Finally is right! Thanks for meeting me so early so I could get all my other work accomplished, too. It was an absolute pleasure getting to know you better!

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